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Cool day

Saturday, June 27th, 2015


Savannah Sparrow, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 27 June 2015.

Savannah Sparrow.

Kind of a cool day, both figuratively and weather-wise. Worked like a man under a deadline—which I sort of am, considering I promised to release a new type design on Independence Day—and then took my cattle dog (mix) on a hike up a hill.

Loads of birds this early evening. Perhaps they’re busy readying for tomorrow’s big rain. Two dozen species seen or heard today.

Notable was a protective Savannah Sparrow. A vocal Great Crested Flycatcher. Also a vocal raven (seemingly carrying a bird’s egg) being harassed by three crows. And the sapsucker kept our rendezvous again.

Guess tomorrow we’ll be hiking in the rain.

Beech Hill List

Beginning at 5 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Eastern Towhee
2. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
3. Chestnut-sided Warbler** (v)
4. Song Sparrow** (v)
5. Cedar Waxwing
6. American Goldfinch**
7. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
8. Great Crested Flycatcher (v)
9. Red-eyed Vireo (v)
10. American Crow*
11. Ovenbird (v)
12. Mourning Dove*
13. Gray Catbird
14. Northern Flicker (v)
15. Veery (v)
16. Common Yellowthroat** (v)
17. Yellow Warbler (v)
18. American Robin* (v)
19. Savannah Sparrow
20. Alder Flycatcher
21. Common Raven
22. Northern Cardinal (v)
23. Purple Finch (v)
24. Blue Jay (v)


25. Herring Gull
26. Mallard
27. Common Grackle

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


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